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Stephen Rowntree

Priest in Residence, Holy Name of Jesus Church


Ph.D. Fordham

M.A., Fordham

M.Div. Weston School of Theology

Th.M. Harvard Divinity School

B.A. Spring Hill College


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Loyola Jesuit Community
  • Philosophy


Fr. Rowntree was ordained in 1975. He began his full-time teaching career at Loyola in 1976 as Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1980. From 1981 to 1992 he directed the Jesuit Center for Academic Formation, which coordinated the studies of Jesuit Scholastics and Brothers attending Loyola. In 1993 he answered a call for volunteers begin a four-year integrated program of philosophy, humanities, and religious studies for English-speaking African Jesuit seminarians. Fr. Rowntree was one of the founding fathers of this program and Arrupe College, Harare, Zimbabwe. There he taught a variety of courses in ethics, political, and social philosophy. He returned to Loyola in 2001. In the Spring semester of 2006, he held the Donald I. MacLean Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences (a chair for visiting Jesuits) at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Fr. Rowntree’s current research centers on issues in political economy, especially ethical assessments of markets, including ethical prerequisites for their functioning and redistributive measures to assure social justice. His publications in this area include “The Ethics of Trade Policy in Catholic Political Economy,” Theological Studies 65 (2004): 596-622, and “Aquinas’ Economic Ethics: Profoundly Anticapitalistic?” Vera Lex, New Series, vol. 5, 2004: 92-111.

Fr. Rowntree began working at Holy Name of Jesus church in Fall 2013.


Ethics, medical ethics, Catholic social teaching